Sector registration mandatory for solar, printing and waste haulers from November 18

Sector registration mandatory for solar, printing and waste haulers from November 18

Congratulations to the Approvals Reform team: The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has brought three new sectors into its Environmental Activity and Sector Registry Regulations under the Environmental Protection Act: Small Ground-Mounted Solar; Lithographic, Screen and Digital Printing; and Non-Hazardous Waste Transportation Systems. Qualifying activities in these sectors can therefore now take place through registration, instead of obtaining an Environmental Compliance Approval. Any facility  

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Energy conservation plans for public agencies

Energy conservation plans for public agencies

A proposed regulation under the Green Energy Act, 2009 (section 6) would require public agencies (i.e. Municipalities, Universities/Colleges, Schools, Hospitals) to submit annual energy consumption and building characteristic info as outlined in the proposed template. In addition, these public agencies would be responsible for developing and implementing three year energy conservation plans for designated facilities. The first report would be due on July 1, 2013 and would require designated  

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Keeping septic systems working

Keeping septic systems working

Septic systems don’t run by themselves. They need regular inspections, cleaning and maintenance, or they break down and leak raw sewage. It is therefore somewhat amazing that only last summer was the Building Code (O. Reg 350/06) amended (by O. Reg. 315/10) to require such regular inspections and maintenance, at least in some "vulnerable areas". (Existing rules focus on the original construction and commissioning of septic systems.)  

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